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Twelve Stepping With Spiritual Support from Scripture

Psalm 118 v 8 - It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust people.

STEP 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
The only one in the world we can truly count on and trust is GOD! Getting sober for others is not the answer either because it will be only a matter of time someone will disappoint and hurt your heart and you will want to self medicate too take away your pain. People will fail you every-time because they are imperfect and it is in our nature to hurt others especially the ones we love the most .God on the other hand is perfect in every-way ! He is the same today, yesterday, and forever! He knows you so well and loves you so much that every tear you have cried he saves in a bottle and records that painful moment in a book ! His love for you is perfect and unconditional freely given not earned.

Psalm 56 v 8-You keep track of all my sorrows.You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.




By Joseph Dickerson/Recovery Connections Need Help email us recoveryfriends@gmail.comPsalm 103v3 He forgives all my sins and Heals all my diseases!    
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Thoughts from the CEO's Desk

Greetings Friends, Colleagues, and Fellow Professionals,
Welcome May!
What do we think of when we hear the term “May Day”? 
For some, May Day is considered the official welcome of spring. As a kid, I remember looking forward to May as it meant the end of the school year and warm summer days were right around the corner. 
For others, the term “mayday” has a different meaning. “Mayday” is used as an international radio distress signal for ships and aircraft. The origin of the word comes from the French verb “M’Aider!”, which translates into “Help Me!”.
With that in mind, how fitting is it that May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month? I welcome May with firm determination to spread the message of Mental Health Awareness to the community at large. Our culture has made incredible strides addressing Mental Health. We see progress with organizations funded and developed to focus on education, support, and community outreach. Focused research is creating growth in available resources, and we notice that more and more people are finding the strength to reach out their hands and ask for help. 
As professionals answering those crisis calls, Hired Power remains committed to further education and specialized training for all staff. We are looking beyond "just" addiction treatment and we work to support a variety of our clients’ needs. With each case we have, we support clients and/or families by assessing and identifying area resources, including many of your own wonderful facilities. We have been fortunate in collaborating with so many of you. 
One resource that we encourage all of you to become familiar with is www.NAMI.org (National Alliance on Mental Illness). You can find educational fact sheets (available in English and Spanish) that are useful training materials for you and your staff. There is also a comprehensive list of articles addressing the special populations that we serve. Please take a moment to explore their site today. How many of us are helping clients with dual-diagnosis? Probably most, if not all, of us. Are we as educated in mental health as we are in addiction?
At Hired Power, we support and empower our own staff across the country to further their professional development and education. As many of you know, our Personal Recovery Assistants (sober companions) must obtain specialized training and certification in order to be part of our team. We do our very best to serve our dual-diagnosis clients with an educated and qualified support team.  
With many “maydays” still left this month, I challenge each of us to use our “maydays” to seek out further education or personal wellness. Let us continue to work to be our best selves so we are ready when the caller on the other line is saying “Help Me!”.

In service and thankfulness,
Nanette
Nanette Zumwalt, ICADC II-CS, ICCJP, CIP, CAI
CEO, Hired Power

Newsworthy...
"Preventing a Generation from Struggling in Silence"
By Laura Greenstein, May 07, 2018 NAMI.ORG
We all know that education is incredibly important for a child's development. But did you know that the time between toddlerhood and the teenage years (also known as "middle childhood") is actually the best period to learning? According to anthropologist Benjamin Campbell, the human brain during this time is "organized enough to attempt mastery, yet still fluid, elastic, neuronal gymnastic. "In other words, the brain is developed enough to understand information and absorbent enough to retain it - often for life."
"Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people aged 10-14 and the second leading cause of death for people 15-24. We cannot ignore these facts, so we much better equip students with the tools needed to ask for help."
#hiredpowerteamrocks
THE HIRED POWER DIFFERENCE!
"Hired Power created the Certified Personal Recovery Assistant (CPRA), also commonly termed "Sober Companion" to address the vital role of professional and ethical standards of excellence expected in working with individuals and families in early recovery."
One of the most significant Hired Power differences in the roster staff working with Hired Power is the selection and vetting process of each individual staff. Staff members also have met the minimum education/certification requirements, making them the best trained person for the important work they are doing.
Below is a partial list of details included in the vetting process:
  • Face to face interviews
  • Extensive personal/professional background checks, including:
  • National criminal searches
  • Sex offender searches
  • Personal and professional reference checks
  • Driving record
  • Random drug screening
Hired Power Certified Personal Recovery Assistants meet the minimum requirements of:
  • 5 years continuous sobriety and or 5 years working in the addiction/mental health field.
  • PLUS (beginning in 2017) a bachelors degree in a related field and/or certification through an accredited source as CCAR or CRS.
  • Continuing education trainings on issues related to addiction/mental health topics.
  • CPR/First Aid certification.
Contact us today to learn more about the Hired Power difference!
Spreading Knowledge...
5 Ways to Heal Your Brain?
Alcohol and drugs can contribute to changes in your brain. Certain drugs affect areas of the brain related to feeling pleasure, sleep regulation, mood, concentration, and memory. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help the healing process. 
1- Taking control of your sleep. Not getting quality rest at night can affect your mood and concentration the next day.
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2018 Call for Poster Presentations
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, invites you to submit a poster presentation proposal to display at the 2018 Annual Conference: Shoot For The Stars, being held from October 5-9, 2018 in Houston, TX. Posters will be on display during Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th with presentations taking place on October 6th.
Apply Now
Submission Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018.
Submissions
NAADAC members and non-members are invited to submit poster presentation proposals for display at the Annual Conference. NAADAC encourages young investigators, researchers, and addiction and co-occurring professionals from diverse organizations and fields to submit.

Presentation Tracks & TopicsPractice Management, Co-occurring Disorders, Pharmacotherapy, Clinical Skills, Cultural Humility, Process Addictions, Recovery Support, Education/INCASE, and Peer Recovery.

Presenter Eligibility
To be considered, presenters must have professional qualifications in good standing with their professional regulatory board, if applicable, and possess the technical expertise necessary to present on a subject effectively.

To learn more on presentation topics, benefits of presenting, suggested terminology, and selection criteria, click here.
Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities
Access not only NAADAC’s conference attendees, but also its prestigious membership of over 10,000, mailing list of over 48,000, and website with over 220,000 monthly visits. Don't miss the change to showcase your institution, product, or organization at this important event! We will sell out!
Download Prospectus & Order Form
Questions?
Please check out our website, call NAADAC at 703.741.7686, or email NAADAC at naadac@naadac.org for more information.
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When 12-Step Doesn't Work... | The Fix: In the 12-step program, if you’re not getting better it’s because you can’t or won’t adhere to the simple program, and it is definitely your fault.
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When 12-Step Doesn't Work... | The Fix: In the 12-step program, if you’re not getting better it’s because you can’t or won’t adhere to the simple program, and it is definitely your fault.
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Some pitfalls of early sobriety : Avoiding the Fuckit Bucket | The Fix: If you’ve ever given up drinking you will have read a myriad of articles proclaiming how fabulous life is without booze: words of hope, words of praise, page upon page of unimaginable achievement.
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How to Strip...Sober | The Fix: As a stripper, I hear all the secrets and sorrows like a story I never wanted to hear while dancing naked and offering comfort.
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Tattoos, Love, and Recovery | The Fix: The pain of the tattoo made me cry. But not only from pain. I cried because I could finally feel again for the first time in years. I cried because I was happy to face myself and not be afraid.
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